Given the recent firmware update by zoom, I realize that I can now adjust the levels of my 2 audio channels independently through the h4n, yes?
Yes. Yup. Absolutely.
I guess my next question would be: what is the best way for me to hook up these pieces of equipment to one another (without having to purchase a mixer or a splitter box) so that my audio syncs w/my footage and I can still have 2 audio channels?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated (what wires I would need,etc.) thanks!
If you want to connect your Rode VideoMic to the mini-plug input on your Zoom H4n, and then connect the headphone output of the H4n to the mic input on your 5D Mark II, you would use a Sescom LN2MIC-ZMH4 cable (between the H4n and the 5D).
The reason that you need this special Sescom cable is that the headphone output on your H4n is a lot hotter of a signal than the mic input on your camera is designed to accept. A headphone output is a lot louder than a microphone's output. The Sescom cable attenuates the loud "line-level" signal coming out of the headphone jack of the H4n down to a quiet "mic-level" that the camera is looking for. The Sescom cable effectively turns the volume down by -25dB.
Now, when you're shooting with an external microphone plugged into a camera, it's always a smart idea to wear headphones, so you can hear exactly what your audio sounds like, and make any adjustments if need be. In the above scenario you plugged the Sescom cable into the H4n's headphone output. Now that the Sescom cable is consuming the headphone output, you have no way to plug in headphones.
That's why they make a version of the Sescom cable with a "headphone tap." It's basically the same cable, with an additional little cable attached enabling you to plug in a pair of headphones. This cable is called the Sescom LN2MIC-ZMH4-MON.
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